Steamboat closing in on snow record
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado With a month left in ski season, Steamboat ski area had reported 436.5 inches of snowfall for the season. Only a foot more, reports the Steamboat Pilot & Todays Tom Ross, and Steamboat will surpass its all-time record of almost 448 inches of snow at mid-mountain, which was recorded in April 1997.What has been remarkable about this winter, says Mike Lane, spokesman for the ski area operator, has been the consistency. There was measurable new snow on 26 days in January, and then 20 days in February. Included in those two months was a streak of 26 consecutive days of snowfall.That falls well short of the remarkable run of 40 consecutive days of measurable snow in late 1983, but this winters total snowfall has nonetheless been greater.
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